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Publication of the White Paper Legacy Book of the European Parliament Working Group on Tobacco.




On World No Tobacco Day 2024, what an ideal occasion to put our White Paper Legacy Book on Tobacco on line as a reminder of the persistent Tobaccogate involving the European Commission. While Qatargate seems to have stopped, the Tobaccogate continues.

Yet none of the revisions to the two tobacco directives has been launched, despite widespread indignation and repeated demands from public health campaigners. The European Union has set itself the goal of a “Tobacco-Free Generation” by 2040. This ambitious goal calls for new and rapid anti-smoking measures.  The European Parliament has been waiting for several years for the Commission to put on the parliamentary agenda the revision of two European directives on tobacco: the 2011 Tobacco Tax Directive (TTD), and the 2014 Tobacco Products Directive (TPD).

Our texts must take into account the emergence of “new tobacco products” such as electronic cigarettes, puffs, heating tobacco and nicotine pouches, as well as the explosion of parallel trade, mostly organized by tobacco manufacturers, and knowledge of the environmental damage caused by tobacco growing, the manufacture of new tobacco products and their consumption.

To add to the political discussion and define the necessary measures, a group of MEPs led by Michèle Rivasi (Greens/EFA), Anne-Sophie Pelletier (The Left) and Pierre Larouturou (S&D) met between 2021 and 2023, with the participation of the public health associations Smoke Free Partnership (SFP), Alliance Contre le Tabac (ACT), the Tobacco Control Research Group (TCRG) of the University of Bath, Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and independent experts.

The themes of parallel trade in tobacco, the “Dentsu Tracking/Jan Hoffmann” scandal, lobbying by tobacco companies and their affiliates, and the environmental damage caused by tobacco were particularly studied. The summary of these roundtables has taken the form of a Legacy Book, which we are making available to you today in a digital version.

The Legacy Book demonstrates that the European Commission opens its doors too readily to the tobacco lobby, and is particularly receptive to its demands, even though these run counter to the public health and public finances of the 27 Member States, and to the proper administration of our institutions. As a reference to the Qatargate, we can speak of a Tobaccogate involving the European Commission.


Our Legacy Book on Tobacco will be distributed in French and English to the 27 Member States, the Commission, political groups, current and future MEPs, NGOs and the media, with the ambition of encouraging the emergence of a Tobacco-Free Europe.

With the digital publication of their Legacy Book, the Members of the European Parliament Working Group on Tobacco would like to spare a thought for Michèle Rivasi, the soul of this collective, whose untimely death has deeply moved them. This Legacy Book is first and foremost the fruit of her commitment: it must now be shared so that her fight can be carried forward against the worst lobbies and for public health.

For further information and to access the Legacy Book and its annexes:

Anne-Sophie Pelletier : [email protected]

Full white paper:

Annex A:

Annex B:

Annex C:

White paper plus annexes package:

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